Month: November 2015

IMUA Challenge

I am very fortunate to work for Kamehameha Schools.  The staff, resources, facilities, support, and benefits are definitely not to be taken for granted.  I am very thankful for all the opportunities for growth professionally and personally.  We benefit from an amazing wellness program here.  I can take yoga classes twice a week, workout with a trainer in the high school aerobics room 5 days a week, swim in the pool before or after school, run or bike on campus, and get monthly wellness newsletters ALL FOR FREE.  The fact that they encourage and support wellness here is amazing.

Just recently, I joined the IMUA challenge.  I am on a team with 3 other coworkers at the elementary school.  The challenge is not only campus wide, but district wide.  All 3 campuses are participating in the challenge.  It is a choice, but why wouldn’t I take advantage of this amazing resource?!  So far I’ve learned that wellness isn’t just the physical.  Wellness encompasses exercise, nutrition, mental and spiritual wellbeing.  It’s been great motivation working with my teammates but also working with other teams on our campus.

At first I was terrified to go workout with Matt, the trainer at the high school because this was something new to me.  Though, I’ve been enjoying the Tabata workouts and I can feel change in my body.  It’s fun and short and I think it will only help me grow as a triathlete.  I’ve also learned about nutrition.  It’s nothing new to me because my mom has taught me a lot about nutrition but hearing it again has helped remind me of how I should be nourishing my body.

Just before I joined the challenge, I also was exploring new hashtags to learn from on Twitter for Connected Educators Month.  This was also a part of a challenge at my school (#kshcem15).  Isn’t the culture here awesome?!  Anyways, I discovered #HealthyEd.  You should check it out too.

I am thankful for the IMUA Challenge.

Voxer

Is Twitter overwhelming to you?  Would you just rather just talk?  Then Voxer is the tool for you!  It will help you expand your #PLN  (personal learning network).  Voxer allows you to text and send pictures too but the main affordance of this tool is the voice recordings.  It’s like leaving a short voicemail and having a conversation with a group of others.  I co-moderate the #edchathi  voxer group.  If you would like to join and talk and learn with other hawaiian educators, sign up here! goo.gl/JkR3f7 #tttuesdays

The Great Listen

I totally forgot that yesterday was Tuesday.  So here is your #TTTuesdays  post.  I wanted to share Story Corps with you.  They are doing a project this month called #TheGreatListen .  Our keiki are not old enough to use the Story Corps app to publish online with the Library of Congress.  However, we can use this idea in our practice and remix it in a way that will work for us.  There is a power to audio without the visual.  I think this could be a great way to preserve our culture and learning.  Students now have a Voice Recorder app available to them in Apps @ Work.  This app will allow them to record their voice on the ipad.  Let me know if you are interested in doing something like this in your class!